GOLD MINING IMPACT MONITORING AT THE GUIANA SHIELD REGIONAL SCALE

Monitoring the impact of gold-mining on the forest cover and freshwater at the Guiana Shield regional scale

As part of the Regional Platform and tools component of the REDD+ for the  Guiana Shield project, that aims at developing regional tools in collaboration with the partners within the project, a study on Monitoring the impact of gold-mining on the forest cover and freshwater at the Guiana Shield regional scale is under preparation.

This work started in June 2014, after WWF Guianas  launched a request for proposal for a new study on gold mining activities in the region, to update the previous study funded by WWF Guianas and performed by ONF Guyane in 2008/2009[1].

This research topic being relevant for the project, discussions were initiated between Steering Comittee members and the project team to see how the mining study could be integrated within the REDD+ for the Guiana Shield project. The methodology and working approach of the study were adjusted in order to correspond to the project objectives, such as allowing active participation of the forest services of the partner countries and ensuring that the results and data collected could be used in a regional database to be established and other purposes.

Read more about the study in the Terms of Reference in English, in Portuguese.

Access the final report on this link.

See more about the training methodology and the tutorial and technical documents.

[1] WWF, Impact de l’activité aurifère sur le plateau des Guyanes, 2010.

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